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Limba Ram

Limba Ram
The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Limba Ram Ahari, at an Investiture Ceremony-II, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 04, 2012.
Personal information
Born (1972-10-30) October 30, 1972 (age 51)
Saradeet, Rajasthan, India
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking4th in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Medal record
Representing  India
Men's Archery
Archery Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 1989 Beijing Men's Team
Silver medal – second place 1989 Beijing Men's Individual
Asian Archery Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 Beijing Men's Individual
Commonwealth Archery Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Delhi Men's Team
Silver medal – second place 1995 New Delhi Men's Individual

Limba Ram is an Indian archer who represented India in international competitions, including three Olympics.[1] He equalled an archery world record in 1992 at the Asian Archery Championships in Beijing. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 2012.[2]

Early life

Limba Ram was born in Saradeet Village (Jhadol tahsil, Udaipur district, Rajasthan state, India) on January 30, 1972. His family belongs to the Ahari tribe and because of poverty, Limba Ram relied on hunting birds like sparrows, partridges as well as other animals in the jungle with his indigenous bamboo bow and reed arrows. In 1987, one of his Uncles brought news that government would be conducting trials in the nearby village of Makradeo to train good archers. At this trial, 15-year-old Limba Ram and three other boys (among whom was future Arjuna Award winning Archer Shyam Lal) were spotted by selectors of the Sports Authority of India. Thereafter, all four boys were sent to New Delhi for the Special Area Games Programme, a four-month training camp under the coaching of R. S. Sodhi.[3][4]

The Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, the RSS-linked organisation that works for tribal welfare, has claimed that it identified Limba Ram through its Ekalavya Khelkood Pratiyogita competition.[5][6]


Limba Ram was spotted and trained by the Sports Authority of India in 1987. In that same year, he became overall champion at the National Junior Level Archery Tournaments held in Bangalore. Just one year later, in 1988, Limba Ram would be victorious at the National Senior Level Tournament, earning for himself not just the title of overall champion but also the honour of representing his country at the Summer Olympics held that year in Seoul. In 1989, he reached the quarterfinals of the World Archery Championships held in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the same year, he would finish in second place at the Asian Cup in Individuals and India got team Gold.

In 1990, he helped India finish fourth at the Beijing Asian Games. He represented India in three Olympics. In 1992, he equalled the world record of Takayoshi Matsushita in the Beijing Asian Archery Championships in the 30 meters event, with a score of 358/360 to bag the gold medal.[7] After receiving this news Parliament of India congratulated Limba Ram.[8][9] In 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, Ram missed the Bronze medal because score was tied and the opponent player has shot just 1 ten higher in the 70-meter segment and finished with 9th rank in qualifying round and finished 4th in elimination round and did not qualify for Bronze Medal match. In 1995, he stood with second rank and the team would win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. In 1996 he was National Champion with Asian Record.[10] And also participated in 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.


The Government of India honoured him with the Arjuna award in 1991[11] and Padma Shri in 2012.


In 1996 Limba Ram joined TATA Group. In the same year he suffered from serious shoulder injury while playing football in training camp at Kolkata. He was unable to shoot a bow and lost his focus and concentration. He discontinued his job with TATA due to this problem. He joined Punjab National Bank in 2001 as a cashier. In 2003, he participated in third National ranking prize money archery tournament organised by Sports Authority of India but finished 16th.[12]

Present status

On January 10, 2009, to 2012 London Olympics Archery Association of India signed and appointed Limba Ram as National Archery Chief Coach for 2009 World Cup and 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze medals, 2010 World Cup Medals: 2 Gold, 3Silver, 2 Bronze Commonwealth Games and won 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze medals under his coaching, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, 2011 World Cup Medals: 1 Gold,8 Silver, 2 Bronze, 2011 World Archery Championship Medals: 1 Silver, 2011 World Archery Youth Championship Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze and 2012 London Olympic Games, 2012 World Cup Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver Total 11 Golds, 20 Silvers and 16 Bronze medals under season 2009 to 2012 London Olympics his coaching, guidance and his achievement as National Chief Coach of Indian Archery.[13] [14][15][16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Limba Ram Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Sport".
  4. ^ "Limba Ram : Biography, Profile, Records, Awards and Achievement". 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ Aiming high - Vanavasi Kalyana Ashram is helping tribals achieve self-reliance - The Hindu, Saturday, February 25, 2006
  6. ^ Sangh Sandesh, January–March 2012, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK
  7. ^ "Archery Association of India".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Broken Arrow". 13 July 2003.
  11. ^ "Limba Ram Profile - Indian Archer Limba Ram Biography - Information on Limba Ram Archer India".
  12. ^ "The Hindu : Prasad sets national record". Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ " | Limba Ram Appointed National Archery Coach". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  14. ^ "Limba Ram expecting a good show in the Commonwealth Games". Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  15. ^ Ali, Syed Intishab (17 September 2008). "Archer Limba Ram now seeks fresh rural talent". DNA India.
  16. ^ "::News4u:: » coach Limba Ram". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Limba set for second innings". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 8 February 2009. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009.
  18. ^ "Limba eye on Delhi". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 8 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009.
  19. ^ "Indian archers strong contenders in World Cup: Limba Ram - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
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